Project: Germany

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Germany Project
Herzlich Willkommen!
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Welcome to the Germany Project! This project is for those who have family with German heritage, live in Germany, and or special interests in German history.


How to Join

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Additional information:

  • For a full list of participants, see the badge report.
  • Add your name and research interests to the list of members' interests here.
  • Please request to join our google group, the place where members communcate and updates are posted. Follow this link to request to join: Germany Google group please provide your wikitree ID with request so we know who you are.


  • Link together existing German Roots projects
  • Encourage new projects to be created
  • Encourage collaboration between Germany based users and people from around the world with German roots
  • Promote and facilitate German genealogical research


If you want to put a German Roots Sticker on profiles, including your own, here is the template:

This template can be on any profile of a person with German ancestors. This sticker will automatically place profiles in the [[Category:German Roots]] To put this sticker on a profile, simply copy and paste the following below the Biography headline:

{{German Roots Sticker}}

This displays the following:

... ... ... has German Roots.

Here are profiles and pages using the sticker.

The link to the template is at this link: Template:German_Roots_Sticker

Task List

Any improvements you can make to the profiles of the Germany Project are welcome, but here are some specific tasks we're working on:

  • For each person:
    • All duplicates merged into the final lowest profile ID number.
    • All relevant categories are added.
    • Parents are correct and documented
    • Biography is cleaned up, free of any GEDCOM junk, Ancestry trees, etc., and ideally has an actual written biography.
    • Children are linked if able
    • Connected to Global Family Tree
    • Create Cemetery Category if known
    • Create City freepages and link profiles to city and region categories
    • provide gravestone picture if possible
  • Monitor G2G for posts using the Germany tag
    • Answer questions
    • Encourage members to become involved in the project
  • For historically significant German ancestors:
    • Final ID locked, marking the profile as project protected (must be done by one of the Project Leaders), if the profile meets those requirements
    • {{German Roots}} template at the top of the page.
    • German Roots project account is set as a manager of the profile.
  • For descendants of German ancestors and all others who are not "historically significant":
    • {{German Roots Sticker}} template may be applied to profiles.

Helpful resources

Starting point:

Current Sub-Projects

NOTE: New links are being added almost daily - Check back often!

Project coordinators are needed, contact Kylie or Maggie if you are interested.

Proposed sub-Projects

Suggestions welcome!

Please add your name, and a time and date stamp with your suggestions by typing ~~~~

(e.g. Kylie ~~~~) results in Kylie Haese-11 17:51, 24 January 2019 (UTC)

  • Baltic-Germans, the German-speaking inhabitants of present day Estonia, Latvia, and Lithuania. Kelsey Jackson Williams Jackson_Williams-2 12:30, 28 March 2019 (GMT)
  • Black Sea & Crimean Germans (need a coordinator)
  • Siberia, Kazakhstan, & Ural mountain Germans (or should these be separate?) (need a coordinator/s)
  • Russian-German subproject, which includes sub-subprojects Volhynia, Volga Germans, Black Sea/Crimean Germans, and their subsequent forced removal to Siberia & Kazakhstan or emigration to the U.S. Canada, etc. R. Neff Neff-1845 04:04, 19 February 2019 (UTC)
  • Pennsylvania Dutch (need a coordinator)
  • Switzerland. Areas seem to have numerous designators, but the one I'm interested in is Rheintal. --- SUGGESTION: Category:Switzerland is the Category page you should probably begin with. Create your own entry for Rheintal and go from there. There are simply too many Categories on Wikitree (both good and bad) to wade through trying to find the "perfect" link. There don't seem to be any District or Canton categories at this point, so Rheintal could be a first --
  • Rheintal (Wahlkreis)
  • A Switzerland Project is in the works. Space:Switzerland At this point I don't know yet whether it will be a Full Project or a Sub-project, but Canton Sub-categories are being created. Rheintal would be a sub-category to the Canton of Saint Gallen.
  • The North Sea islands of Nordfriesland (Foehr, Amrum, Sylt, etc.) in Schleswig-Holstein. I am particularly interested in Foehr where my paternal grandmother Marie Dorothea (Cordes) Benefiel and her parents emigrated from in 1895. I know there were many Foehrers who emigrated to America (particularly the Midwest and Northern California) in that era, e.g. have a look at
  • Germany Pre-1700 subproject. To improve profiles of early (Pre-1700) German people and their descendants (Pre-1700). Jana Shea 15:53 17 March 2019 (EST)

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